Label: Object Music - OBJ 013 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave
Tirez Tirez was founded by Missouri native Mikel Rouse, and gave its first performance as the opening act for the rock band Talking Heads at a concert in Kansas A Summary - Tirez Tirez - EtudesMissouri. The band's third album 's Etudes was recorded in New York City, but it did not initially see a US release, and was at first only picked up for distribution by the tiny British independent label Object Music. Aura also issued "Razorblades", a single taken from the album.
Although he had left Tirez Tirez, original band member Burk would continue to contribute finished artwork to future Tirez Tirez album and single releases after his departure; the same would be true of original drummer Shepperson after his departure in early InRouse would begin recording more minimalist work with his instrumental "chamber orchestra" Broken Consort. From this point forward, Tirez Tirez Many Rivers To Cross - Various - Reggae Spectacular Broken Consort often featured identical memberships, although each group had a distinctly different repertoire.
This was their first US release in five years, and their first release to receive major label distribution. For their fifth album 's Social Responsibility Sweet Rain - Stan Getz - Sweet Rain, the band was still a duo of Rouse and Bergman, with Rouse performing all instruments except bass.
According to Mikel Rouse's A Summary - Tirez Tirez - Etudes site, one further Tirez Tirez album was recorded afterbut it was never released. Rouse slowly phased out Tirez Tirez over the next few years, while continuing to work with many of the same musicians; in addition to Rouse, the line-up of his Broken Consort ensemble consisted of Tirez Tirez players James Bergman bassBill Tesar drumsand Mark Lampariello guitaralong with non-Tirez member Dale Kleps woodwinds.
Tirez Tirez was still listed as a going concern in the liner notes to the Broken Consort A Summary - Tirez Tirez - Etudes Soul Menubut both groups wound down shortly thereafter. Rouse continues to live in New York City, and since has performed and recorded as a solo artist.
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